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Yarns & Woven Structures

Assignment 4: A Reflective Commentary

At the start of this section I particularly liked the research point where we looked at two internationally known textile artists.  Whilst I have a reasonable book collection and know a little about quite a lot of people this was … Continue reading

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Project 9 – Review

Q:  Did you have enough variety in your collection of yarns and other materials?  Which kind of yarns, etc, did you use most?  How do their characteristics affect the look and feel of each sample? A:   I have quite a … Continue reading

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Project 9 – Stage 4 Final Weaving

Source Word: Tribal My storyboard includes images, materials and other items from each of the three areas which played a prominent role in the lives of the Canis Tribe.  My weaving colours are sourced mainly from the Land section but … Continue reading

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Project 9 – Stage 4 Inspiration

Developing design ideas into weaving. We have been given two options for the way we work our final weaving and I have chosen Option 2 which involves selecting a word or theme and creating a woven piece around that idea.  … Continue reading

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Project 9 – Stage 3 Experimental weaving Part 2

Experimenting with different materials. Sample Piece. The final piece for this exercise has been done with the above picture loosely in mind.  I wanted to portray the dark calm water out to sea with the lighter colour high waves in … Continue reading

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Project 9 – Stage 3 Experimental weaving Part 1

Experimenting with different materials. The theme I’ve chosen for this section is the sea.  I’ve picked a series of materials to depict the ocean as follows: smooth surface dark blues for the calmer more distant sea, a lighter blue/purple indicating … Continue reading

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Project 9 – Stage 2 Weaving with other materials

Here the idea is to try weaving with items that are a little different to standard wools and yarns. I continued using the same warp as my previous sample, cotton 12/12.  The sample card above shows the weft items. From … Continue reading

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Project 9 – Stage 2 Weaving with yarn

Basic tapestry weaving techniques. Here I start my tapestry weaving trials.  It has been very interesting, a huge learning curve and has brought up a number of problems that I am addressing, further details below. This picture shows the finished … Continue reading

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Project 9 – Stage 1 Preparation

Setting up a tapestry weaving frame. Not being a weaver, or having really put my mind to trying it before, I’ve spent the last fortnight researching different forms of weaving, how looms work, weaving terminology and how to get started … Continue reading

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Project 8 – Review

Q.  Did you enjoy inventing constructed surfaces?  Were you surprised at the results? A:  Yes I did enjoy this section of the course.  I wasn’t overly surprised with the results other than where I previously commented on the reverse side … Continue reading

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Project 8 – Stage 2, Exercise 4

This exercise involves making a rigid grid and filling some of the spaces to create solid and open areas. I started with 6mm dowel cut to size, against my initial drawn plan.  I then unearthed the Router, which had never … Continue reading

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Project 8 – Stage 2, Exercise 3: Ropes

Here we have been introduced to twisted rope making.  This is something that I have been doing for a number of years.  The manual suggests that we cut our thread length, tie the cut ends together, put one end over … Continue reading

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Project 8 – Stage 2, Exercise 3

We have been asked to select a shape, form a rigid outline and wrap, bind, interlace or criss-cross threads between the frame. Having read the next exercise I know that I’m soon to be making a rigid grid which, obviously, … Continue reading

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Project 8 – Stage 2, Exercise 2

In this exercise we are required to make a collection of hand-twisted ropes or three/four strand plaits or braids using different materials. I started by using this French knitting gadget to make some cords using Perle 8 cottons. It’s quite … Continue reading

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Project 8 – Stage 2, Exercise 1 Supplementary

Whilst getting my samples into some order for presentation for future assessment I was struck by this piece and how different it looks on the back. The curvy lines are much less obvious on the right side as the busy … Continue reading

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Project 8 – Stage 2, Exercise 1

Experimenting with structures This exercise is about structure and creating a warp and a weft using a variety of different items woven together. I started as per the course manual and cut two thick papers into strips leaving all attached … Continue reading

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Project 8 – Stage 1

Exploring the qualities of yarn In preparation for this project I have reviewed some of my yarn stash.  Here are a few photos: Left: These wools are varying thicknesses and one is a bouclé.  I love the very loosely spun … Continue reading

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Research Point – Part C

How do you view textile art?  Do you think about it in the same way that you would look at a painting or a piece of sculpture?  How far do you feel it has been accepted as a medium for … Continue reading

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Analysing Colour, Texture and Proportion

I have chosen three images to work with for this exercise.  The first, to the right, is a postcard of Glide Girl by Sydney surfer and artist David Bell.  I like the colours, the sense of movement and the silhouette … Continue reading

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Research Point – Part B

Choose two internationally known textile artists whose work you find particularly inspiring.  Describe their work, in term of materials, scale, colour, technique and imagery.  Consider how the artist has used any of the elements listed to express the concepts behind … Continue reading

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Research Point – Part A

How do you think the work of the textile artist differs from that of the designer, the designer-maker or the craftsperson?  Is there any crossover in terms of approach or the way in which each uses ideas or textile processes? … Continue reading

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